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UH has a distinguished history of innovation, including

  • The discovery of high-temperature superconductors by Dr. Paul Chu in the Texas Center for Superconductivity
  • The development of the first single-molecule DNA sequencing-by-synthesis technology by the UH spinoff VisiGen Biotechnologies
  • The development of the epilepsy drug Vimpat, sales of which approach $1 billion per year
  • Professor Allan Jacobson's development of a novel method for capturing strategic rare-earth elements from waste stream, now REEcycle



The University of Houston is home to 23 national academy members.

  • 11 members of the National Academy of Engineering
  • 9 members of the National Academy of Inventors
  • 3 members of the National Academy of Science